2006-06-30 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Let's Take The Boat To Rockaway And Go To The Beach And Visit Playland
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

From The Rockaway Museum
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

his 1966 photo was presented to yours truly by Howard Santamore, who lived on Beach 91 Street north of the "El."

Shown is the Playland Pier at Beach 98 Street on the Jamaica Bay waterfront, and a Hudson Dayliner disembarking passengers headed for the beachfront, boardwalk, and Playland.

Rockaway's Playland contracted the vessel(s) and the buses from various places, which parked on this pier also. Playland management footed most of the bills for all to promote coming to the Rockaways, as other businessmen were reluctant to contribute, saying that their money would benefit Playland more than their places. This is why Playland outlasted them all!!!

In the background is Crossbay/Veteran's Memorial Bridge and the grade separation crossing Beach Channel Drive.

When Robert Moses rebuilt the bridge in the late 1960s and opened it up in 1970, this scene was changed drastically. The only thing that didn't change an iota was the fishermen throwing their lines out into the bay. Beach Channel High School was built out onto the bay to the left of the camera and photographer. Bay Towers went up to the right, as did Madeline's Chocolate, and Weisman Lumber was by the bridge on the left. Can you recall what was on the other side of the bridge at the time??

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